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New application form for the refund of repatriation deposits

Download the application form for the refund of repatriation deposits here.

The Department of Home Affairs recently announced by means of gazette that repatriation fees are no longer required when submitting an application for a South African visa. The gazette also states that repatriation fees or deposits made prior to 26th May 2014 must be claimed by 28th February 2015 or will be forfeited.

Application Form For The Refund Of Repatriation Deposit

Any person requesting a refund must submit the following:

1. Complete the application form for the refund of repatriation deposit (Which is available at your local DHA offices or South African Embassy broad)
2. Your original passport
3. Your original receipt of the repatriation deposit
4. Provide proof of banking details
5. Proof of final departure
6. Proof of permanent residency or proof of change of status prior to 26th May 2014 if application for a refund is done in SA

NB!!! Anyone who has overstayed his or her permit shall not qualify for a refund.

Please note the following:

• Incomplete applications will not be accepted by the Department of Home Affairs. So ensure that your application form for the refund of repatriation deposit is 100 % complete.
• Applicants must confirm that all supporting documents has been attached by marking each column with a tick (yes) or x (no).
• The Home Affairs official must confirm that all supporting documents are attached.

Additional Requirements if claim is on behalf of someone else:

• Complete special power of attorney form (The declaration must be signed in the presence of a Commissioner of Oaths. The Commissioner of Oaths must duly and according to law certify the declaration)
• Letters from the person making the claim, confirming whom the deposit refund should be paid out to.

How long does the process take?

• The process can take about 3-6 months to finalize if the amount is in Rand value.
• For foreign currency this period will take longer as the Rand value of that date must first be established, before the process can start to have the money refunded.

What happens in the case when a client is deceased?

In the case of a deceased client in whose name the deposit was issued; it would be incumbent on the person claiming the refund to prove that the said person is the legal beneficiary of the estate of the late client.

Please note that the Department of Home Affairs will not refund you if your current bank account is of the following status:

• Non-resident account
• Cross border account

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